Frustratingly, here's an example of the quality in many of today's products.
This is the end of a 45' long vacuum hose for our pool. It's NOT supposed to have the slit\vertical cut in it, NOPE. The hose is less than two months old, bought online brand new, and has only been used 3 times and this is the result.
The end is permanently fixed to the end of the hose, so it's not like I can remove this one broken piece and return. Rather the entire 45' hose, broken end and all, needs to be boxed up and shipped back to the manufacturer for replacement. Which means I'll be without a vacuum hose and the ability to clean my pool until the exchange is completed.
Sadly a sign of the times today...